1960s Spider-Man Cartoon Music Project

nowIn which I attempt to find and link to all the classic background music from the 1967-1970 Spider-Man cartoon.

My goal is to find original tracks. Many videos can be found on youtube of these and other traclistks including the hard-to-find Ray Ellis originals, but they have dialogue and sound effects layered over top, since they are harvested from the cartoons.

If you have any information or tips please comment below!

Special thanks to JimmyRich and the other diligent folks at librarymusicthemes.boardhost.com


“Spider-Man Theme Song”

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Toren Has a Quest for You in Fallout 4 "Musician's Mod"

There are two locations in the Commonwealth wasteland that are very appropriately named for your favourite Lovecraftian rock band. Toren can be found at one of them. Fulfil his quest!

What if I told you that you could meet The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets’ singer Toren in the Boston Wasteland and hear exclusive Thickets tunes on the radio in Fallout 4? 

It’s true!

Thanks to our skilled superfan John Peacock and Dave Johnson, the “Musicians Mod” adds a radio station in the town of Goodneighbor. Once you complete the quests, including one given to you by Toren to find Mario’s guitar, you can listen to the new radio station which includes (among many other bands) four acoustic Thickets songs – both old and new – made exclusively for this Fallout mod, as well as the Spaceship Zero radio plays. You can also find Thickets clothing for your character to wear. Plus Toren provides a number of voices, both on the radio and in the wasteland.

Also, Three Dog is back! Check out this video to see what it’s all about and the cool features:

Check out that tentacular Thickets t-shirt! 

The mod is available for Xbox 1 and PC. PS4 gamers will have to wait a bit longer. Crawl out through the fallout and follow the links below!

Bethesda XB1: https://mods.bethesda.net/#en/workshop/fallout4/mod-detail/2114472

Bethesda PC (pending): https://mods.bethesda.net/#en/workshop/fallout4/mod-detail/3073130

Nexus PC: http://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/19900/

You can also comment on Reddit: https://redd.it/5c9aj7

Toren swears he did not kill and eat the rest of his band.
Toren swears he did not kill and eat the rest of his band.


Toren is on Bandcamp!

The first of my a capella tracks is available free (or more specifically, pay-what-you-want) for a limited time on bandcamp. Go to the site to see all the new tracks as they appear, and click the ‘follow’ button while you’re there so you don’t miss a thing!

This track is originally from my podcast Caustic Soda and has a swear word in it. Explicit! Parental Advisory!

More tracks to follow in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

New T-shirt Design for The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets

Thickets Tentacle Pool T-shirt designed by Ebon Aves Apparel - CLICK TO ENGORGE
Thickets Tentacle Pool T-shirt designed by Ebon Aves Apparel – CLICK TO ENGORGE

This is the new t-shirt design for my band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets. It was designed and is being produced by Trevor Phillips of Ebon Aves Apparel. If you’re thinking of screen printing some cool shirts you should give him a dingle.

These shirts will be for sale at the free Canada Day concert in Chilliwack BC on July 1. Check out the Facebook event here.

The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets’ “20 Minutes of Oxygen” video

This music video for my band The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets’ song “20 Minutes of Oxygen” was written, directed and cut by my good friend Mike Jackson of Steam-Powered Films. It was made possible by the kind donations of fans from the band and with the help of Kerberos Productions and would not be possible without the talend of several professionals too numerous to name here.

It premiered at Cthulhupalooza II: Son of Cthulhupalooza on Feb 18th at the Rickshaw Theatre in Vancouver. The fellow in the space suit is yours truly.

Please share this with your friends and get the word out about our little indie Cthulhu band!

You can purchase the song and the rest of Spaceship Zero: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on iTunes, amazon, or eBay.

20 Minutes of Oxygen – The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets from Mike Jackson on Vimeo.

Bloody Betty Honours the Thickets @ Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School

sketchyYou haven’t heard about Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School? Part art class, part cabaret, the monthly Dr Sketchy brings you 3 hours with Vancouver’s dazzling and bizarre burlesque personalities. Sunday Feb 13 the notorious Bloody Betty will be posing based on Cthulhupalooza and the music of The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets, with Thickets front man Toren Atkinson will be in attendance. Join us at the Wallflower (2420 Main St Vancouver), lose 1d20 Sanity Points and a chance to win free tickets to Cthulhupalooza II!

“20 Minutes of Oxygen” Video Shoot

A couple months ago, my friend Casey invited me to see his studio, which he made into a sort of “space bar” using panels from a dismantled set of the TV show “Defying Gravity.” About the same time, my friend Mike Jackson let me know he just got a super duper new HD video camera. Even though the album is nearly a decade old, we decided to use these resources to shoot a music video for the song “20 Minutes of Oxygen.”

Mike and I shot around some ideas and came up with a plot. We rented a space suit, collected other props, and enlisted the help of some extremely talented people, who volunteered their time and equipment and skills.

We rented a “shuttle space suit” from Phoenix 1 in North Van. To make it look more future-space, we had Chris and AJ work on some accessories, namely a X-Wingesque bib and some modified sports gear, as well as a head lamp. We also wired lights to the inside of the helmet to give it the BSG look. Chris also did up a backpack that looked amazing but unfortunately had real O2 tanks on the back so I was constantly carrying 30+ lbs every day I shot in it.

The full suit on set. Click to enlarge

On Friday night we shot a scene where I’m drifting in space outside the space ship (which will be provided by Kerberos “Sword of the Stars” Productions). Mike got a big black board and stabbed holes through it with a screwdriver. Lit from behind it looked like a star field. He bought a ‘star filter’ to make all the lights flare like you’ve seen in the new Star Trek movie. I also picked up a small metal hammer from the flea market on Terminal and Chris bored a stick into it which we wrapped in green screen tape so we could create the illusion of the hammer floating with me in space.

On location for alien planet and space wreck. Photo Adam PW Smith. Click to make large.

On Saturday we drove out to the sand dunes in South Richmond for the ‘alien planet’ scenes. We filmed a lot of me trekking around and Chris and his crew had put together an amazing space shipwreck set, with lots of pyrotechnics. It was very Tattooine, with the added bonus of a lot of dirt bikes tooling around us while we were trying to film.

On Sunday we went back into the spaceship set and rigged up the “Command Information Console” like you’ve seen in Star

Wars and Battlestar Galactica, which we made with film transparency and acrylic sheets supplied by Eamon. Casey had put together a ‘captain’s chair’ and we spread some other “gack” around the set to make it look like part of Spaceship Zero.

The inspiration for Spaceship Zero's CIC

Merrick, Jordan and Warren drove in from Chilliwack and Abbotsford and donned their old Spaceship Zero crew jumpsuits, which I had embellished with the SpaceCorp logo at my workplace EmbroidMe, as well as a couple new SpaceCorp baseball caps.

We used the base from my Rock Band drum kit, some old clear plastic film canisters donated by Chris Lecher and some rope lights from Home Despot to create some space drums, which Jordan put together with his mechanical prowess.

After the band finished their scenes I got back into my space suit, which I dubbed

The band inside the doomed space ship. Photo by Adam PW Smith. Click to make big!

the iron maiden, and did the last shots, including my re-entry into the atmosphere of the planet.

All in all it was an amazing shoot and it’s going to be out best video yet. Stay tuned to thickets.net and The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets Facebook page for more updates as they happen.

The entire project was funded by ourselves and significant contributions from the fans of the band, and we are grateful for that! Special thanks to Adam PW Smith Photography for photos and general assistance and errand-running.

For the 20 Minutes of Oxygen video set

I took this from Star Wars Empire Strikes Back

And this from Battlestar Galactica

And I’m working on this for the 20 Minutes of Oxygen rock video shoot (click to make big):

I can print this out in full colour on six letter size transparencies (total print area would probably be about 25 x 22″)  and adhere them to clear plexiglass.

I think CIC stands for Command Information Control